Safe Community Project

Community resilience will save lives

aka MySafe:LA   |   Toluca Lake, CA   |  www.mysafela.org

Mission

To save lives through education, engagement, and partnerships.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Officer

David Barrett

Main address

10061 Riverside Dr Msc 777

Toluca Lake, CA 91602 USA

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Formerly known as

MySafe:LA

EIN

27-0967511

NTEE code info

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are more than 200,000 homes in the greater Los Angeles area without working smoke alarms. Approximately 20 people per year needlessly lose their lives as a result of home fires. It is estimated that nearly two thirds of the people living in the greater Los Angeles area are not prepared for a large, let alone major earthquake. More than 25,000 hit and run accidents occur every year in Los Angeles, with scores of deaths and thousands of injuries. On average 10 people per day succumb to sudden cardiac arrest in the Greater L.A. area daily.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FireSmart:LA

A fire and life safety education that teaches students (4th and 5th grades), adults, and seniors about fire safety, evacuation, communication with a 9-1-1 call taker, escape planning, and survival.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Teaches 4th and 5th grade students to inspect their home for fire risks, working smoke alarms, and CO detectors. Students complete home inspection forms, receive FREE smoke alarms if required, and go through several interactive training sessions (stop, drop, and roll & Get low and go), and upon successful completion, meet their first due firefighters and receive Jr Inspector ID cards.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Teaches earthquake preparation, readiness, and survival. Includes basic earthquake science, home preparation, survival materials, and what do to immediately following an earthquake.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Our EMTs and Paramedics teach LAUSD and other high school students hands-only CPR, use of an AED, and how to communicate with a 9-1-1 call taker. This course, which is typically 75 minutes in length also teaches teamwork and leadership. California Assembly Bill 1719 requires that all students in CA receive CPR training prior to graduation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Teaches people to know what to do prior to a wildfire or flood conditions. Teaches them how to prepare their property (if homeowners), and how to be prepared to act quickly in the event of a fast moving wildfire or flood. Teaches people the importance of evacuating when told to do so, where to do, and how to survive.

Population(s) Served
Families
Retired people

Teaches older adults how to be safer in their homes. Covers fall prevention, fire safety, evacuation, shelter in place, and related issues for those who are past the age of 55.

Population(s) Served
Retired people
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, At-risk youth

Related Program

Junior Fire Inspector Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Presentations made to 4th and 5th grade elementary school students, mostly within the LAUSD, and aimed directly at reducing injuries and fatalities from house fires.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Junior Fire Inspector Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FireSmart:LA, Jr Fire Inspector, and Quakesmart:LA courses taught.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Awards, certificates of appreciation, public recognition (LA City Council), etc.

Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Families, At-risk youth

Related Program

CPR in high schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Development of educational programs, including hands-only CPR in support of AB1719, Jr Fire Inspector, Older Adult, etc.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants in our various courses and activities. Focus on CPR, fire safety, ready, set, go

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Seniors

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants related to fire and life safety.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Activities related to public events, produced or engaged in with fire agency partners, or with city and local government, such as the L.A. Fleetweek at the end of summer.

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Return (not unique) website visits.

Number of copies of work distributed/sold

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Brochures, materials, and other fire and life safety content. Does not include the thousands of smoke alarms and CO detectors distributed and installed every year.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Unique visitors, per year.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Events held to forward education and advance our mission: To save lives through education, engagement, and partnerships. Includes our annual smoke alarm awareness month, regional events, etc.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FireSmart:LA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Safe Community Project (via MySafe:LA) is working to reduce the things that people don't think about on a daily basis. Fire. Earthquake. Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Hit and Run. We're in LA schools, older adult facilities, libraries, and walking in neighborhoods every week to get the word out. We install free smoke alarms and CO detectors to at-risk families, making their homes safer. We teach CPR in high schools, at events, and in our facility in L.A. We canvas neighborhoods, working with fire departments to deliver home fire safety. Our paramedics and EMTs are trained not only as first responders, but as educators and public safety officers. Overall, we're working to create a more resilient community.

We offer a number of focused programs to help improve life safety. These programs are not just checking a box related to a school or senior center. Our programs are designed to change the way people think and behave related to their personal safety and family security. We utilize interactivity, the Internet, film (internally produced), and most importantly, we localize and create a fun environment in which these messages are shared. www.mysafela.org shares how each of these programs works, and what can be done to further reduce the needless loss of life in the greater Los Angeles area. Several of our programs include FireSmart:LA, Junior Fire Inspector, QuakeSmart:LA, WaterSmart:LA, Heart CPR, and SeniorSmart:LA. We don't reinvent the wheel, so to speak, but we localize so people recognize how these programs directly affect them. And, like most successful programs, we partner with those who can best highlight the importance of what we do. We have working agreements with the Los Angeles Fire Department, the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and other entities. We partner with the LA Unified School District, CalTech, the USGS, Southern California Earthquake Center, Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Management Department, Department of Aging, and many others to ensure we get the best leadership, input, and collaboration possible. Our public safety officers utilize video, interactive presentations, role playing, and the Internet to share our programs, engage our audience, and drive home the importance of becoming part of the solution as it relates to disaster preparedness and resilience. We also count everything. By creating, evaluating, and tracking metrics on all of our programs, we can improve our programs with each passing year.

We are entrepreneurial about our operations. We are not (yet) a large organization, so we maximize our work efforts by using technology, partnerships, and focused leadership. We are very self-contained. We have our own web team, film team, education team, government relations leadership, as well as a very high tech administrative team. The result is that we can execute our mission for less than 1/6th of the cost of a typical governmental organization. Our uniformed public safety officers are either EMTs, Paramedics or have their Firefighter 1 certification. Our internal continuing education requirements are ongoing, and we rework our presentations annually. Our classroom programs can be delivered identically by any of our public safety officers, so our messages are consistent, match national standards, and help our audiences easily understand and grasp what they need to do in order to be better prepared. We engage with local and state elected leadership to ensure our local community efforts are recognized, understood, and supported. Our film team has won dozens of awards for outstanding film production and one of our executive producer/advisors is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Our web team is made up of skilled talent in IT, server management, application development, and content creation - and the result is a web ecosystem that is secured by multiple mirrors in multiple states, has duplicate and backup capabilities in the event of disaster, and is designed to engage our audience with quality imagery and content. Our education team is led by a former University and Broadcast Journalism expert, engages with local educators, and is focused on the quality and ease of understanding in all of our programs.

In just the past year, more than 4,000 LAUSD high school students have completed our CPR instruction. Since January of 2014, we've had more than 1.2 million visits to our websites, we completed 65,000 + student impressions; we've delivered 35,000 + free smoke alarms (and installed), provided 3,000 + GO bags to older adults, and provided 250,000 + Ready, Set, Go brochures, 106,000 FireSmart:LA guides, and 34,000 QuakeSmart:LA guides. We engage all 15 LA City Council offices, support more than 130 fire stations (LA area), and work with elected officials, disaster preparedness leadership, and others to ensure our programs are useful and making a difference. We deliver post event quiz materials to 1/5th of the facilities we visit, to determine retention and understanding. We offer surveys (developed via our research partner), and ensure we're improving our presentations year over year. During the coming year, our organization is working diligently to improve our school programs, to facility support for Assembly Bill 1719 related to high school CPR education, to expand our reach beyond the LA area, and to work more closely with neighborhood councils and HOAs to create more resilient communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We've changed the way that we manage scheduling for in-home smoke alarm inspections and FREE smoke alarm installations to more effectively meet the needs of the public. Our fireworks survey has provided us with feedback that has impacted how we develop and manage our fireworks mitigation efforts, working in collaboration with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Mayor's Office, and other agencies.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Safe Community Project

Board of directors
as of 12/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Barrett

Safe Community Project

Term: 2009 - 2021

David Yamahata

LAFD, retired

Cameron Barrett

Safe Community Project

John Drake

LAFD

Harout Semerdjian

Semerdjian Associates

William Whitney

Whitney Consulting

Steven Owens

Universal Studios

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.